Shin splints is a type of shin pain, usually caused by exercise and often experienced by new runners and commonly found in teenagers. It's not serious and there are things you can do to help get better.
Check if you have shin splints
Shin splints usually happen when you do exercise like running. You will have pain and tenderness along the front of your lower leg (shin).
Causes of shin splints
Shin splints happen when you've put too much stress on your leg.
You're more likely to get shin splints if:
you have started exercising after not being active for some time
you run or jump on hard surfaces
you do not have a good running technique
Things you can do to help
Shin splints usually get better within a few weeks. There are things you can do to get better quicker.
put an ice pack (or bag of frozen vegetables) in a towel on your shin for up to 20 minutes every 2 to 3 hours
switch to gentle exercise such as yoga or swimming while healing
exercise on soft ground, if you can, when you're feeling better
warm up properly before your run and stretch after you run
make sure your trainers or shoes support your feet properly – find out more about choosing the right shoes
do not continue doing the exercise that caused your shin splints
do not rush back into exercise at the level you were at – build your exercise routine back up slowly
See a Health Care Professional if:
you've tried things to help but the pain is not getting better after a week
the pain is getting worse
Treatment from a GP
A General health Care Practitioner (or GP in the UK) will ask about your symptoms and examine your leg. If it's not getting better, they may be able to refer you to a physiotherapist.
Physiotherapy from the NHS (or your Healthcare system) might not be available everywhere and waiting times can be long.
You can also secure treatment privately.
Contact me me for Physiotherapist recommendations local to Warwickshire, UK.